Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hundreds of orphaned penguins rescued by SANCCOB

By Tina George
31 October 2007

The South African Foundation for the Conversation of Coastal Birds has admitted 96 orphaned African chicks which arrived from Dyer Island on Sunday and is expecting an additional 300 tomorrow.

“We expect that there may be a few hundred more chicks possibly in the region of 300 and they should arrive in the SANCCOB facility in Table view most probably tomorrow or possibly Friday," says Alan Jardine, Chief Executive Officer at SANCCOB.

“This is an annual event and we affectionately speak of them as our Christmas chicks because of the time of the year that they arrive. Their parents have gone into an early moult and cannot go into water to collect food for these babies,” says Jardine

SANCCOB is appealing to the community to help save the chicks by making donations to SANCCOB’s “Rescue Campaign”. Visit for details.

Cape Town joins international green project

By Tina George
31 October 2007

The city of Cape Town has joined an international programme, Local Action for Biodiversity, a network of cities around the world that help local governments better manage and utilise plant an animal resources within their cities.

Cape Town is the host to the LAB project’s operational centre. South Africa is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and a world leader in planning and managing biodiversity.

According to Sebastian Winkler, Director of the World Conservation Union countdown 2010 project, cities occupy just 2% of the surface area of the planet, but absorb 75% of the world’s natural resources.

He adds that the war for biodiversity will be won in the cities. Through LAB, cities will be able to access a range of tools which will assist them in implementing biodiversity plans.

Province to 'benefit' from China

By Anele Siwa
31 October 2007

A delegation of the Western Cape Provincial Government, headed by Premier Ebrahim Rasool together with five Ministers ,is in the Shandong Province of the People’s Republic of China this week to strengthen ties between the Western Cape and Shandong.

“The visit stems (as) a direct result of relations established in March 1998 when a memorandum was signed between the respective governments,” says education spokesperson Gert Witbooi.

Witbooi says that the focus areas include cultural affairs, sport, education, health, tourism, transport and public works.

“The Cultural Affairs and Sport assignment will include a study of sport schools, sailing, disability sports and a visit to a centre of excellence (academy) dealing specifically with disability sport,” says Witbooi.

He added that the education study will include developing teacher exchange programmes for maths and science, FET colleges and Mari- and Aquaculture.

“The health study will include collaboration with regards to Tuberculosis and Chinese Traditional Medicine, a visit to a Jinan Hospital and the Shandong Provincial Hospital, as this facility seems to have synergies with our central and provincial hospitals,” says Witbooi.

Mzolis' daughter's alleged kidnapper fails to appear in court

By Ilhaam Hoosain
31 October 2007

The alleged kidnapper of the daughter of popular Gugulethu restauranteur Mzoli Ngawuzela failed to appear in the Wynberg magistrate court on Monday.

Mziwamatolo "Matolo" Tyuluba was arrested at a shebeen last Sunday, 10 months after the incident in Ginsberg near King William's Town.

Yesterday, state prosecutor C J Turner told the court that Tyuluba would appear on Wednesday after he had arrived in Cape Town on Sunday.

Tyuluba will join his girlfriend and co-accused Nandipha Mshudulu of Parklands, and Luther Kwenana of Gugulethu who were arrested days after the kidnapping, in the dock.

Kwenana was refused bail in the Wynberg Magistrate's court and Mshudulu was released on R10 000 in the Cape High Court.

They are charged with armed robbery, extortion, hijacking, fraud and kidnapping. Twenty-year-old Sisanda Ngcawuzela was found bound hand and foot and blindfolded to a chair in Mshudulu's house in December.

Western Cape Hospital urged to change name

By Henry Booysen
31 October 2007

The Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala- Msimang has appealed to the Western Cape Health Department to change the name of Hottentots Holland Hospital in Somerset-West.

The changing of the name follows the health minister's response to health issues raised by the community during a event which was arranged by the National Council of Provinces.

The minister says that it is necessary that the provincial Health Department in the Western Cape begin with a process of consulting their local communities to consider the name change.

“I really believe that our institutions need to reflect the values of our democracy and human dignity in both terms of the quality of services they provide as well as their names,” says Minister Tshabalala-Msimang.

The minister has also praised the facilities at the hospital for having a higher tuberculosis cure rate than the national average.

The Hottentots Holland serves as a district level hospital which is also a referral centre for some clinics and health centres in Stellenbosch.

ID reacts to Manuel's mid-term budget statement

By Henry Booysen
31 October 2007

The Independent Democrats has expressed its concern over the large budget surplus, as announced in Finance Minister Trevor Manuel's mid-term budget, given that South Africa is facing huge economic problems.

“This reveals a fundamental weakness of government to effectively spend its money in delivering quality services to our people. What we need is a government that is able to spend its money as effectively as it collects it,” says ID spokesperson on Finance Lance Greyling.

Although the general reaction to Manuel’s speech is negative, the ID has welcomed the extra allocations to pensioners and grant recipients as they believe that grants should be in line with the cost of living.

They’ve also welcomed the R1.5bn increase to the National School Nutrition Programme but they believe that the programme should not be limited to primary school learners.

‘Hunger does not go away at 14 years,” Greyling elaborated.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Man allegedly sets family alight

By Ilhaam Hoosain
30 October 2007

Harare police attended to a scene where a house burnt down at Hempe Street in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, just after midnight this morning.

Four people died on the scene as they were unable to get out of the house.
"This included three females aged 8, 12 and 25 and one male aged 17," says police constable Siphokazi Mawisa.

A 25-year-old woman allegedly had an argument with her boyfriend who threatened to harm them. He was later seen with petrol by community members and it is believed that he started the fire.

"We have registered an arson case-docket for investigation and they have launched a search for the suspect who is still at large," says Mawisa

Anyone who can assist with the whereabouts of the suspect can contact Harare SAPS on 021 363 9020 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Citi is co-host of SS Mendi Aniversary

By Marthe van der Wolf
30 October 2007

The City of Cape Town will co-host events to mark the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi and Remembrance Day. The City will host this together with the Department of Arts and Culture and the Western Cape provincial government.

The Commemmoration of the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi tragedy will take place at the Grand Parade on the tenth of November.

"The public will be able to take a look at the new SAS Mendi as the ship will be docked at the Waterfront. After the visit, there will be a symbolic march of soldiers from Adderly Street to the Grand Parade," says spokesperson of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mack Lewele.

On the 21st of February 1917, 616 South Africans lost their lives when the SS Mendi collided with the SS Darro near the Island of Wight in the English Channel. The South Africans were on their way to France to be part of the Allied Forces during the First World War.

Five arrested for murder and robbery at Broadway Center

By Marthe van der Wolf
30 October 2007

A number of stores in Broadway Centre, Strand were robbed last night around eight o’clock by five armed males. They allegedly threatened different cashiers with firearms and took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash registers.

"They allegedly fired two shots at a security guard as they fled the scene. The guard was fatally wounded in his chest, he died on the scene," says police constable Siphokazi Mawisa.

A security guard who went to investigate was allegedly surrounded by the five armed men. He was robbed of his service pistol but was not injured.

"The suspects also shot a member of the public when they were driving off the scene. The man was injured in his lower back but is now in a stable condition," says Mawisa.

Police arrested five men between the ages of 28 and 39. They are due to appear in court at the Strand Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. They are charged with armed robbery, murder, attempted murder, attempted hijacking and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Five police members arrested for corruption

By Tina George
30 October 2007

Five on duty police members were arrested for corruption at the Kensington police station lastnight.

The arrests came after a senior officer at the station set up a sting investigation that led to an operation carried out at the Kensington Police holding cells.

“It is alleged that the five members received liquor and cash in exchange to allow a certain person to visit one of the suspects,” says police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court today on charges of fraud.

"Internal disciplinary steps that could lead to the members’ suspension have also been implemented. These kind of arrests are aimed at uprooting corruption in the police service," says Steyn.

Zille requests private investigators' surveillance tapes

By Tina George
30 October 2007

Mayor Hellen Zille has yesterday asked police to allow her to view the taped recordings that were confiscated from the private investigating company, George Fivas and Associates.

The mayor has written a letter to the Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool and the Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros, requesting an opportunity to meet with the commissioner and listen to the taped recordings from George Fivas and Associates.

“The commissioner has already presented these tapes to both the Premier and the Independent Democrats leader, Patricia De Lille. Refusal to make the same access available to me as the mayor of Cape Town and the leader of the Democratic Alliance will strengthen the perception that the police are releasing selective information to certain political leaders to use for their own ends,” Zille wrote in the letter.

Woodstock Bridge damaged by truck

Anele Siwa
30 October 2007

The City of Cape Town is warning pedestrians to be extra careful when crossing the Lower Church Street Woodstock Bridge over the N1.

“A large truck carrying a heavy load of papers forced the driver to pull over to the side of the road on to the side walk,” says City spokesperson Charles Cooper.

Cooper added that the sidewalk consists of concrete slabs which hide service cables and water pipes.

“The truck is not designed to carry a heavy load,” says Cooper.

Cooper says that the truck cracked concrete slabs, but that fortunately the railway line below the bridge is not working at the moment.

Cop "can’t remember" anything about colleague’s death

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 October 2007

A Philippi police officer who is going on trial in connection with a colleague’s death during a 2003 shooting riot has requested a postponement to consult a neurologist.

Denver Prins faces a murder charge for the death of Siyabulela Jonas.

Prins also faces seven attempted murder charges, three of pointing a firearm, handling a firearm negligently, handling a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and holding a colleague hostage.

He has pleaded not guilty, saying that he does not recall the incident and was assessed by two psychologists and was declared fit for trial.

Prins is accused of taking student constable Ndumiso Gordan hostage on 19 January 2003 at the Philippi police station.

Prins is also alleged to have shot and killed Jonas during the incident and more than 50 shots were fired. The night of the shooting three officers was on duty when nine was required. Prins was frustrated that evening as a result of this.

The case was postponed to 8 November 2007.

SACP demands decent wage for construction workers

By Ilhaam Hoosain
29 October 2007

Concern is growing about the extent to which workers at various construction sites at 2010 stadiums and other projects continue to be subjected to "terrible" working conditions and poor salaries.

“When FIFA awarded South Africa the rights to host the 2010 World Cup the majority of our people especially the poor celebrated in the anticipation of the jobs that were to be created,” says Malesela Maleka from the South African Communist Party.

The SACP are calling on government and especially the Ministry of Labour to intervene to make sure that this situation is addressed.

“We wish to pledge our full support to the workers, the NUM and other trade unions defending the interests of the construction workers,” says Maleka.

ANC reacts to attacks by Zwelinzima Vavi

By Henry Booysen
30 October 2007

The African National Congress has said that it is disturbed by what it seems to be a sustained and irresponsible campaign by COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi saying that he is undermining the party’s members and leaders.

The party believes Vavi is having unwarranted attacks on the leadership of the ANC saying that it is a matter of concern saying that COSATU is swaying away from its primary objective of trying to improve the living conditions of the country’s people.

They wish to express to COSATU that the decision of who should lead the ANC is the exclusive right of the ANC branches and that decision should he valued.

“We urge Vavi to desist from theatrical gimmicks that have nothing to do with the future of the Alliance,” says ANC member Tiyani Rikhotso

2000 people die on our roads each year

By Ilhaam Hoosain
30 October 2007

The R300 is an extremely dangerous road and the death toll has doubled in the past two years. Cape Town Roads suffer 2000 fatalities a year according to the Democratic Alliance

“A motorist was killed in a head on collision and a pedestrian was run over during the past weekend while authorities argued over what the actual death toll on the R300 was, whether it was dangerous road and who should take responsibility for safety on it,” says DA spokesperson on Transport, Robin Carlisle.

Provincial Transport, Community Safety, the City Council and SA National Roads Agency Limited all have various responsibilities for safety and road conditions in respect of the R300, the N1 and the N2 in the metropolitan area.

“Co-ordination between them is poor, as was graphically demonstrated during the stone throwing epidemic last year,” says Carlisle.

ANC reacts to attacks by Zwelinzima Vavi

By Henry Booysen
30 October 2007

The African National Congress has said that it is disturbed by what seems to be a sustained and irresponsible campaign by COSATU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi saying that he is undermining the party’s members and leaders.

The party believes Vavi is behind "unwarranted attacks" on the leadership of the ANC saying that COSATU is swaying away from its primary objective of trying to improve the living conditions of the country’s people.

They wish to express to COSATU that the decision of who should lead the ANC is the exclusive right of the ANC branches and that decision should he valued.

“We urge Vavi to desist from theatrical gimmicks that have nothing to do with the future of the Alliance,” says ANC member Tiyani Rikhotso

R5-million boost for community of Haarlem

By Henry Booysen
30 October 2007

The community of Haarlem in Langkloof will receive R5 million after financial aid was granted by the National Department following negotiations that took place between the provincial and national departments.

Haarlem was struck by a devastating hailstorm in November last year causing many workers operating on farms and agricultural areas to lose their jobs due to a shortage of funds.

Since there has been an availability of funds many farmers have already started employing former workers again, thanks to funds being at their disposal now.

The funds mean that all workers can get paid and return fully to their jobs.

“The 216 workers who had no income will now start earning income and the 124 who only worked for two days a week can now work fulltime,” says spokesperson of Department of Agriculture, Alie van Jaarsveld.

Another amount will be given in the future to replant 27 hectares of orchard which was completely destroyed due to the hailstorm.

Monday, October 29, 2007

SABS warns consumers of Panda stoves

Marthe van der Wolf
29 October 2007

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is warning consumers not to buy non-pressure paraffin stoves sold under the name 'Panda'. These stoves have been produced by Tao Ying Metal.

According to the SABS, the stoves of the company do not comply with the requirements of the Compulsory Specification.

"The Tao Ying Metal stoves do not meet the safety, health and environmental standards," says executive director of SABS Moses Moeletsi.

The stoves company had been warned several times not to sell these paraffin stoves. They are one of the major causes of fire hazard in the shacks and in rural communities. The sorts of fires displaces many communities and puts residents at a further disadvantage each year.

As the company had failed to apply the corrective measures, the SABS will take legal action against them to protect consumers.

Springboks thrill the mother city

By Henry Booysen
29 October 2007

Today world rugby champions, the Springboks, thrilled the people of Cape Town when they took to the stage outside the City Hall in their springbok tracksuits waving the William Webb Ellis trophy they won in France.

The event, which was under strict security control, was hosted by the flamboyant Soli Philander, while the Cape minstrels and entertainers The Rockets and Alistair Isobel kept the crowd alive with music.

After the Springboks walked onto the stage, speeches were delivered by Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille and SA Rugby officials.

“I can tell you when we were at the World Cup and we saw on television how passionate people were in South Africa and the impact we made in people’s lives, we just want to say to you thank you very, very much,” says Springbok coach Jake White.

The proceedings will end at the South African Rugby Union Headquarters at Newlands where the cup will be handed over for safe keeping. Tomorrow, the coach will take the trophy to Parliament.

Legal centre launches two new programmes

By Tina George
29 October 2007

An announcement of the launch of two new programmes — a Media Defence Programme and an HIV/Aids Programme — came today from the Southern African Litigation Centre.
The centre aids lawyers with the specific tools that they need in taking cases regarding human rights in the Southern African region.

The Media Defence Programme came about from the awareness of widespread violations of freedom of expression that takes place in Southern Africa.

"The media programme is designed to assist in litigation around Southern Africa where there have been breaches of freedom of expression and freedom of the media," says the Head of Defence Programme, Lloyd Kuveya.

"Most countries in the Southern African region has not been successful to litigate in the court against restrictions on the freedom by the state and also in situations where criminal defamation cases are brought against journalistic issues of sensorship against media houses who are trying to make media accessible to the public," says Kuveya.

Kuveya added that the idea is that the centre through the Media Defence Programme will be able to offer that kind of support to lawyers as well as media practioners who fail such restrictions or violations of freedom of expression and of the media.

SALC also launched a new programme focusing on HIV/Aids in the region. More than 30% of all people infected with the virus lives in Southern Africa.

"There hasn’t much litigation done on the HIV/Aids in the Southern African Region, what the
programme hopes to do is work with local lawyers in the Southern African countries to help support them to bring HIV/Aids litigation in their national courts," says the Director of the HIV/Aids programme, Priti Patel.

She added that this is a really powerful way in which they can ensure that the voices of those living with the virus can be heard.

Suspects in court over robbery charge

By Anele Siwa
29 October 2007

Three suspects, two males and one female suspect are due to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate court on Monday.

“This arrest came as a result of a thorough investigation by Lasndowne police,” says police spokesperson captain Eliot Sinyangana.

Sinyangana added that on the 18th, October 2007 at about 19:30 two males as well as one female went to a certain address, in Taronga road, Crawford and held the owner of the house at gunpoint.

“The suspects robbed him of his licensed firearm taken out of his safe as well as undisclosed amount of money,” says Sinyangana.

He added that before the suspect left the victims home they tied him and his son and then left the house.

Sinyangana says it is unknown with what they fled the scene after leaving the house.

“Whilst police were investigating this case a report of burglary was made on the 24, October 2007,” says Sinyangana.

Solidarity and Telkom head to CCMA

By Henry Booysen
30 October 2007

After an on going dispute between Solidarity and Telkom over wages the battle between the trade union and the company will be heading to the Commission for Concilation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) today.

According to a press statement solidarity says that it has done everything possible to resolve the dispute, and Telkom has left them with no other option.

They believe that they must tackle the issue on behalf of their members, who stand to suffer serious financial losses because of Telkom’s reluctance to sort out the matter.

“We believe that our members have lost millions of rands since the beginning of April in salaries because Telkom has not implemented the salary increases in the correct way, that’s why we will dispute this, we believe we can win this case as soon as possible so that our members salaries can be rectified,” says Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans.

COSATU supports Abalone fisheries

By Marthe van der Wolf
29 October 2007

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) is supporting the Abalone fishermen and women, as new draft legislation threatens their liveliehood.

The union held an urgent crisis meeting yesterday about the Abalone quotas cuts. Cosatu had
the meeting with fishers' organisations and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to avert a disaster.

"We have to make sure that communities are not impoverished because government has now redrawn their rights to have access to the sea and providing for their families," says COSATU spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich.

COSATU is now working together with the communities to make sure that the government puts in place a serious plan.

"As COSATU we will go to court to stop unfair policies to be implemented," says Ehrenreich.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

ANC reacts to media allegation

By Henry Booysen
29 October 2007

The African National Congress has reacted to media allegations stating that the Home Affairs Minister undermined the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee by not attending a scheduled meeting.

In a press statement the ANC says that the meeting which was held on the 9th of October 2007 the Minister had indicated in writing in advance that she would not be able to attend the meeting as she would be out of the country on that date.

To this letter the parliamentary committee then responded that the meeting would continue and would be lead by the Director-General from the department.

“ANC parliamentary caucus wish to correct wrong claims in the media that Minister of Home Affairs undermined the portfolio committee for not attending the meeting, all parties accepted the impression created and that it was not the intention for the media to report on it the way it had reported,” says head of media at the ANC parliamentary caucus Moloto Mothapo

Call to ban pellet guns

By Henry Booysen
28 October 2007

Animal welfare shootings are calling for pellet guns to be banned after a spate of shootings involving pets and wildlife.

It is believed that those causing injury to the injury are usually children whose parents buy them the guns which are freely available at shops, flea markets or hawked on street corners.

Marlene Hirsekom an assistant at Animal welfare said that frequently the eyes of pets have to be removed after the pets have been assaulted by pellet guns.

“I don’t know what parents think their kids are going to do when they give them these guns,” says Hirsekom.

Allan Pernis, chief executive of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA said that besides causing lingering injuries to animals, it can result in children shooting themselves or others.”

Gun Free South Africa has an ongoing campaign urging parents not to buy toy guns for their children

60% of police stations fail to comply with Domestic Violence Act

By Henry Booysen
28 October 2007

The Democratic alliance will express its disappointment to the National Portfolio Committee after it was revealed that 60% of the country’s national police stations do not comply with the domestic violence act.

According to a press statement released by the Democratic Alliance the statistics of police stations that do not comply are 106 stations out of an average of 138, with the North West province with a staggering 100% of police stations not complying .

“Someone needs to be held accountable for this failure to deliver and that is National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, and his provincial counterparts,” says DA spokesperson Marike Groenewald.

The DA believes that is a great concern that police stations are issuing gun licenses while there are missing or incomplete Domestic Violence Registers that can reveal possible domestic abuse by applicants.

“The DA will be writing to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committer to request that Selebi and his provincial counterparts explain why the police stations fail to comply with the act which was introduced nine years ago,” says Groenewald

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Springboks will not make public appearance at Cape Town International Airport

By Henry Booysen
27 October 2007

The rugby world cup champions the Springboks will not grace the public with their presence on Monday at the airport due to construction happening at the airport.

The announcement follows an agreement between the South African Rugby Union (SARU), the Springbok team and Cape Town International Airport authorities.

“The public should rather make use of the opportunity to go to the street parade, people will see the team more as well as the trophy or go to the appearance at Newlands Ruby stadium, we would like to make the day a memorable event,” says SA Rugby Media and Communication Manager Rayaan Adriaanse.

The Springboks will parade from noon on Monday at the Grand Parade.

Four die in centre for disaabled

By Henry Booysen
27 October

Khayelitsha residents are furious blaming poor service delivery for the deaths of four people in a shack that is a care centre for the disabled.

The victims, two boys aged 11 and 15 a 21 year old man and a 14 year girl old burnt to death yesterday, being unable to escape the premises of the Zanokhanyo Educare Centre in Makhaza.

The Ward councillor Mthwalo Mkutswana blamed the lack of infastructure for the deaths and said the centre struggled to get financial support to build the appropiate structures.

"Even our allocation for councillors to improve quality of our institutions is very limited. We have a problem with institutions in the area. They are built with zinc and these buildings pose a huge risk," said Mkutswana

Victoria Libazi the caregiver at the centre said she carried eight people out of the burning shack, including a four month old baby and a 21 year old patient.

According to police an inquest docket has been opened.

COSATU condemns cuts in abalone quotas

Henry Booysen
27 October 2007

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has expressed its concern with regard to the cuts in abalone quotas.

They believe that that the cuts are signs of disregard being shown by Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk to the fishing communities and vow to fight these cuts.

“We are concerned that the cuts will lead to job losses and the impoverishment of many fishing communities, we condemn the government’s action for doing this without proper consultation,” says COSATU spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich

An urgent crisis meeting will be held on Sunday the 28th October 2007 at COSATU offices in Community House.

Three suspects arrested after chop shop discovered

By Tina George
27 October 2007

Three suspects were arrested yesterday morning for being in possession of possible stolen property. Two of the suspects were pulled off Baden Powall road by flying squad members and the other arrested at a premise in Philippi East.

“Both suspects from Khayelitsha were arrested for possibly stealing a green Toyota conquest in which they were found with two engines in the boot, says Police spokesperson, Bernadine Steyn.”

Further investigation led police to a premise in Philippi East where a 40 year-old man was found in possession of five possible stolen vehicles, vehicle parts and a trailor to the value of R450 000 which were all confiscated.

The three men are expected to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s court on Monday.

City donates R3million to summer beach lifesaving campaign

By Marthe van der Wolf
27 October 2007

The City of Cape Town donates R3million to a summer beach lifesaving campaign. With the festive season coming up, the City wants to commit itself to provide the best life saving services on its beaches.

The city will launch this weekend the summer season beach life saving programme at Strandfontein beach. They will do this in partnership with the Western Province Lifesaving Association.

“In previous years, the co-operation has resulted in more effective beach management and a reduction in beach fatalities. This year, there will be 165 lifeguards on duty at 44 beaches,” says Councillor Grant Haskin.

The city will also donate a jet ski. Several drownings in 2006 were prevented by the jet ski the city donated last year.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Welcome to community information network

By Tina George
26 October 2007


# The Western Province Dance Association will be hosting the Showcase of Dance at the Artscape Theatre until Saturday. The association will be celebrating its 60th anniversary. Tickets cost R65 for 8pm performances and R50 for 4pm matinees. All bookings are made through Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-seat on 021 421 7695. For more information contact Debbie Turner at 021 701 0599.

# Cape Town Child Welfare need people preferably under the age of 45 to become adoptive or emergency parents. Childwelfare also has a great need for community emergency parents. For more information, call Anne Bruce or Mandy Frieslich at Cape Town Child Welfare on 021 790 2300.

# Join in on the fun of novel writing month to complete the book by midnight Friday November 30, starting on Thursday November 1. Because of the limited writing window, the only thing that matters is output. Entry is free and you can register now. To find out more phone, Fiona Groenewald on 072 1147 554 or 082 410 4596.

# Over 50”s can meet at the Edgemead Senior’s Club at 56 Anne Barnard Way in Edgemead on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11am. For more details call Charles on 021 558 1898 or Clive on 021 559 6937.

# Merle Falken of Merle Falken Inc. will discuss Insights into the events industry at the next SMME breakfast meeting, on Thursday November 1, at the City Hall, in Cape Town. The breakfast is organised by Friends of Central Library. Registration is at 7.15am. Entry is R10 and you can e-mail or call Central Library on 021 467 1573 or 021 467 1569 for details.

If you have any information for the CIN team please feel free to send us an email to you can also contact us on 021 448 5450 or fax us on 021 448 5451 if you have missed any of the numbers mentioned.

New Khayelitsha Express to launch 31 October

By Ilhaam Hoosain
26 October 2007

Metrorail will be launching its premier service, the Khayelitsha Express, on Wednesday 31 October 2007.

"We had a dry run today and the reaction from the commuters has been phenomenal."

"The National Minister of Transport, Minister (Jeff) Radebe will be officially launching the train at nine-o-clock at Khayelitsha station," says Metrorail Marketing and Communication spokesperson Riana Scott.

Metrorail encourages those communters who will use this service to register for the early bird special.

“The normal monthly ticket would be R300 per person for the month and for a limited time until the 29 or the 31 October 2007 commuters can get a R100 discount. In other words commuters can travel in luxury for R200 a month,” says Scott.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cape Town Information Desk or call (021) 449 2144.

Pensioners given the trip of a lifetime

By Tina George
26 October 2007

After being stranded at self-catering Monwabisi chalets and disappointed when the holiday they paid for did not materialise, about 170 pensioners return home satisfied today, getting more than what they bargained for.

The pensioners, who arrived in Cape Town on Monday evening, were left stranded in Monwabisi without any accommodation.

Each of the pensioners paid R1200 to the Old Age Advice Bureau, a holiday maker organisation. The man who had collected the monies for the trip was arrested when the cheque for the accommodation bounced.

The city’s disaster relief team helped out with food and blankets after the pensioner’s story came to light. The Department of Economic Development and Tourism took care of the elderly group and made sure that their dream of visiting Robben Island, Table Mountain and other scenic Cape Town sites had been fulfilled.

Cash in transit heist in Epping

By Tina George
26 October 2007

An armed robbery occurred early on Thursday morning as two fidelity guards were doing their usual pick ups in Gunners Circle, Epping.

"It is alleged that an unknown number of armed males confronted the two Fidelity security officials, firing gun shots at them as a result of exchange of fire," says police spokesperson, Elliot Sinyangana.

Sinyangana added that during the attack one of the suspects were injured and fell down but the others carried and loaded him at the back of a grey Opel Corsa.

The robbers are believed to have fled the scene with one cash box containing an undisclosed amount of money in the vehicle previously hijacked at Mowbray but later recovered in Thornton.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact crime-stop on 08600-10111.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blacklisting complaint to be heard

By Tina George
25 October 2007

The Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will meet again for the hearing of a complaint issued to Icasa by the Freedom of Expression Institute today.

“It is a continuation of the hearing into our complaints about a comment of blacklisting of political commentators on SABC services, says Executive Director of FXI, Jane Duncan.

The commission of enquiries which was set up by the SABC into this particular matter found that the new Managing Director has excluded commentators on grounds that were not objectively defendable.

“The SABC board has deemed it fit to reject the commissioner of enquiries findings on the basis that the evidence that was presented was untested, as a result we have put in an application to ICASA to ask them to subpoena the record of the commissioner of enquiry, says Duncan.

Duncan added that they find themselves unable to defend properly given that the SABC has disowned their own report therefore they need to get into the content of what actually happened to defend themselves appropriately.

Man’s body found in shallow grave at Zonnebloem College

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 October 2007

The decaying body of a man has been found in a shallow grave in Woodstock.

“The body was found on Tuesday. Police found the body at Zonnebloem College premises,” says the police's Captain Elliot Sinyangana.

The man was believed to be killed three weeks ago and had been buried for two weeks. Due to the bad state of the body, his injuries could not be determined, but the post mortem results will show the cause of death, Sinyangana says.

The man is said to be between the age of 25 and 35 and his name is not yet known.

“A 32 and 28 year old were arrested on Tuesday after they were linked to the murder,” says Sinyangana

Springboks coming to Cape Town

By Henry Booysen
25 October 2007

The Springboks will bring the William Webb Ellis trophy to Cape Town when they continue their victory parade around South Africa.

On Monday the 29th of October the rugby world cup champions the springboks will grace Cape Town bringing the cup home where it will be held for safe keeping.

The City of Cape Town says before their arrival entertainers will dance on the grand parade making a rapturous welcome statement for the champions.

The springboks will then meet Premier Ebrahim Rasool and Mayor Helen Zille at the Cape Town City Hall where they would display the William Webb Ellis they battled out for against England on Saturday.

The celebration will then follow with a bus trip through Cape Town to Newlands where captain John Smit will hand over the trophy to SA Rugby for Safekeeping.

City Golf drivers assured of continuous insurance

By Tina George
25 October 2007

Santam, the country’s largest short-term insurer, is to continue insuring Citi Golf vehicles and related models even though they are considered as major targets for hijacking and theft. The Company requires that all new or existing policies where City Golfs are added be fitted with a tracking device.

“Santam’s approach is to assist clients to deal with their risk responsibly and effectively. In all cases we advise our clients on the most practicable way to insure and protect themselves and their possessions, says Manager of Underwriting at Santam, Herman de Meyer.

De Meyer adds that as from October, all Citi Golfs and related models have to be fitted with the tracking system. The company will monitor the situation closely and may extend the requirement in the future.

The public is informed to speak to their broker if more information about this is needed.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

SAMWU to celebrate 20th Anniversary

By Anele Siwa
24 October 2007

The South Africa Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a mass rally at City Park Stadium in Athlone on Saturday.

“The workers have been organised in the Cape Town since before 1920, although segregated by apartheid with some working for the City and others working in the Black Local Authorities which not considered being part of the City,” says Cape Town Branch Chairperson Lance Veotte.

Veotte says that many were members of the Cape Town Municipal Workers’ Association (CTMWA) which merged into SAMWU in 1987, bringing 11 000 members.
“In twenty years, SAMWU has become the majority union in local government with over 120 000 members in every municipality in the country,” says Veotte.

Police arrests robbery suspects in Mitchell’s Plain

By Henry Booysen
24 October 2007

A 34 year old man and three women were arrested by police in Mitchells Plain during a search operation in Bontebok Street in Eastridge.

This follows after police acted on information obtained during a robbery investigation when two armed men robbed a municipal worker of his hand-radio the previous day.

“While the search operation was being executed police found the stolen hand-radio and seized two reported stolen vehicles, 38 grams of tik, 38 grams of heroin, suspected stolen items such as electrical appliances and jewellery as well as a large amount of undisclosed cash,” says police spokesperson Captain Elliot Sinyangana.

The suspects will appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrates Court on Thursday facing charges of possession of drugs and suspected stolen property.

Improved public transport to be implemented

By Henry Booysen
24 October 2007

Transport and Public Works Minister Marius Fransman will launch the new Integrated Fare Management and Intelligent Transport System tomorrow, which aims to make road-use safer and more efficient for public transport commuters.

The system which is also known as the ‘pay as you ride’ system will include commuters using a smart card for their different modes of transport. A bus that has been fitted with the system will for the first time in South Africa be introduced into the public transport system.

MEC Fransman, business people, public transport officials and senior officials will board the bus, launching it officially and travel to the CBD using the new N2 BMT lane.

“Commuters struggle to travel to work and home because they are forced to carry money on them, and this is a problem to them, but that is going to be a thing of the past,” says spokesperson of the Department of Public Works and Transport of Western Cape Eric Ntabazalila.

The MEC and his delegation board’s the bus tomorrow morning at 6am at NY 108 (next to Mzoli’s Place) in Gugulethu.

Backyard dwellers in rundown tent

By Henry Booysen
23 October 2007

Backyard dwellers from across Ravensmead are living under a dilapidated tent unfit for any human being to survive. The residents of the tent were evicted late last year from the empty Florida Primary school in Ravensmead, through forced removals, shortly afterwards the school got broken down.

According to Western Cape Housing Department the dwellers illegally moved into the empty school building where after police removed them from the building. The dwellers then ended up in the Ravensmead community Hall where they were removed again hence they having no place to stay.

“More than ninety percent of the dwellers have relocated to Happy Valley where they should be getting houses next year, but I feel sorry for those living under the tent as the conditions are unhealthy for children,’ says Ravensmead Police Forum Chairperson Tom Klein.

Electricity shut down for Llandudno postponed

By Tina George
24 October 2007

The planned shut down of the electricity supply to Llandudno from 6am to 3pm on Thursday to enable technicians from City Electricity Services to carry out planned maintenance has been postponed.

“We have decided to postpone the date due to the death of our colleague who died at the substation blast in Plumstead on Sunday. The staff is still very traumatised and the funeral will take place on Thursday, says Electricity Services spokesperson Charles Kadalie.

Electricity services will inform residents of the new date set for the planned shut down.

City fire services warns public against scam

By Marthe van der Wolf
24 October 2007

The City of Cape Town's fire services has warned the public against a scam. Jobseekers are being conned by a national crime syndicate. They’re asked to pay hundreds of Rands for bogus jobs and training in fire fighting.

The syndicate operates under the name GoodWood Fire and Water Technology and other pseudonyms.

“The scam started in Durban and has now spread to Cape Town,” says Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler.

The syndicate is also known as ‘Armstrong Veld & Forest Fire’, which claims to be aligned to the SA Fire Services Institute and the Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa.

Applicants are asked to pay an enrolment fee of R895 for their course. Once the money is paid into the bank account of a Mr M Mthembu in Pinetown, the applicants never hear from the company again.

“The scam came to our attention when victums starting phoning up the municipality’s Goodwood Fire Station to enquire about the course,” says Schnetler.

Adverts placed by the City of Cape Town will always be clearly identifiable by the council’s logo. Also, the City would under no circumstance ask for any payment in recruiting fire fighters or other emergency personnel.
The scam has been reported to the SAPS.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

NUMSA furious over alleged racial attack

By Marthe van der Wolf
24 October 2007

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is furious at the garage owner and a supervisor at Simons Auto Centre in Bellville, Cape Town. The two allegedly fastened a worker last Friday with ropes and assaulted him.

This allegedly happened after the worker, Michael Ladlokova, asked why he did not receive his promised wage increase.

“The questions landed him in a hospital bed with blindly swollen eyes and reportedly serious facial injuries,” says NUMSA spokesperson Mziwakhe Hlangani.

NUMSA has instructed their lawyer to take the matter up with the Labour Court.

Employees at the garage, who witnessed the assault, boycotted the place as they fear their bosses.

“They stayed away from work until the union intervened,” says Hlangani.

The giant service workshop has been the scene of racial incidents before. Last year, member s of the union were mobilized to demand for the same employer to end racism at the workplace.

Northpine roads do damage to locals vehicles

By Ilhaam Hoosain
23 October 2007

Road conditions in the Northpine area are poor, many being full of potholes. Now residents' are complaining of damages to their cars.

“When I drive down the road I have to dodge all the potholes it’s like driving in a maze,” says Sasha Kriel.

“As a tax payer I feel I shouldn’t have to complain about our roads, government should fix something when it’s broken,” says Mandy Peterson.

Gabriel Twigg, the local councillor, says that the potholes are being repaired in Northpine and the surrounding areas. He says that he has been trying to get funding for the roads and has been going through the process of restructuring. The budgeting process has gone through for some areas and resurfacing has started in Belmont Park, Eikendal.

"I had to replace my shocks twice, but I definitely will be claiming from the city," says Shadley Adams, who uses the roads in Northpine often.

"I sent out an email to the Roads and Transport Department requesting them to do the repairs."

“Northpine Drive has been patched up and there is still repairs being done. There are other roads of high priority, that is also being done,” says councillor Twigg. He goes on to says that it is now the appropriate time to start repairs because it is the end of heavy rains and that repairs are now starting.

There is a process whereby people can complain and lodge claims at the claims department of the city.

For any claims you can contact the City of Cape Town’s insurance claims department’s Thea Herhold at, telephone (021) 400 1736 or fax (021) 40 1509. Herhold deals with public liability claims.

Alternatively you can send a letter to the City of Cape Town. The letter should state what happened, the location, date, time and supply the city with your own contact details.

Springboks gets champions welcome

By Ilhaam Hoosain
23 October 2007

World champions, the Springbok rugby team arrived at OR Tambo International airport this morning to hero's welcome.

The victorious Boks struggled to get themselves through the thousands of enthusiastic supporters and well-wishers.

Supporters had gathered early this morning waiting for their team to arrive. The Springboks were led by captain John Smith to a stage outside the airport building.

The springboks were overwhelmed by the amount of supporters and were pleased with the generous welcome they received. Deputy Sports Minister Gert Oosthuizen and several other dignitaries were also there to greet them at the gate.

The Boks were crowned champions for the second time after beating former champions England 15-6 in the final at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday.

DA responds to Manuel’s blame for skills shortage

By Tina George
23 October 2007

South Africa is facing a massive skills shortage, much the same as is experienced in many other developing countries throughout the world.

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel places blame on the developed world for the skills shortage in developing countries.

The DA’s Anchen Dreyer responds by saying that, although the easy way out is to put blame elsewhere, self-reflection was necessary.

“It’s more responsible to look at ourselves and say what can we do to maintain good people. We have to look at working conditions, look at how attractive it is for skilled people to stay and work here and what we do to provide career opportunities and that’s where we fall short,” Dreyer says.

Dreyer adds that South Africa must learn to compete in the international and global world and make it more attractive for valued skilled people to stay in the country.

Pandor surprised by SADTU's rejection of pay increases

By Anele Siwa
23 October 2007

The South African Democratic Teachers Union’s rejection of the occupation-specific dispensation comes as a surprise and a disappointment to the Minister of Education Naledi Pandor, her department has announced.

"Speaking from Paris where she is attending the 34th general conference of UNESCO the minister said that the rejection of the occupation-specific dispensation is surprising especially given that our intention is to improve the remuneration levels of teachers. It is a disappointment and a setback for the education (department). There is nothing vague in government’s undertaking to improve the salaries of teachers," the minister's spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele says.

Ngqengelele adds that SADTU has promised a counter-proposal.

“The minister eagerly awaits the document, but points out that it would be impossible to accept the 4.5% general increase across the board that SADTU demands,” says Ngqengelele.

The occupation-specific dispensation is a revised salary structure that is unique to each identified occupation in the public service. Currently, employees in the public sector are all part of the same salary structure.

Ngqenelele adds that the occupation-specific dispensation recognizes that there was little or no salary progression for teachers in the period of 1996 to 2003 and compensates for this in the new salary structures, the proposed implementation of which is in January 2008.

Concern over sub-station explosion continues

By Henry Booysen
23 October 2007

Electricity Distribution Industry Holdings has expressed its concern with regards to the explosion that took place at a sub-station in Plumstead on Sunday, claiming the life of a maintenance worker.

The explosion followed a routine maintenance operation at a sub-station in Plumstead. Four workers were severely injured, while a fifth worker did not survive the blast.

Of the four workers who were injured two are in serious condition while the other two have serious burns but are stable.

“We wish to send our condolences to the family of the deceased and our colleagues who were injured a speedy recovery,” says spokesperson of EDI Holdings Martin Ramotshela.

Meanwhile a spokesperson from the City of Cape Town has confirmed that an investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched internally and externally.

Grade 5 case study on HIV/AIDS and sex work cancelled

By Tina George
23 October 2007

The Western Cape Education Department has cancelled a case study which it deemed inappropriate for grade 5 learners where by it depicts the life of a sex worker and how she contracts HIV/Aids.

“We have been made aware of this particular case study when a parent wrote to the department and would like to respond in ensuring our communities that we have good sound values and education, says Western Cape Education spokesperson, Gert Witbooi.”

The Grade 5 textbook, titled My Clever Natural Sciences Through Issues, published by Clever Books, contains the story on pages 43 and 44.

The textbook, however, will not be withdrawn but this particular case study will be cancelled.

“We are looking into and investigating how this case study found its way into the textbook, says Witbooi.

Credit card issues to be discussed

By Tina George
23 October 2007

The problems of credit card scanning will be discussed at the FEDHASA Cape Member’s Forum tomorrow. Owners of restaurants, hotels and guesthouses are encouraged to attend the workshop.

"Jerome Harding of the SAPS Commercial Crime Unit and Business Against Crime will talk about the extent of credit card fraud and Abby le Grange of ABSA’s card division will offer some practical tips," says Executive officer, Rema Van Niekerk.

Attendees will also be given an update on the latest developments at Cape Town’s Routes Unlimited by Calvyn Gilfellan, the CEO of CTRU.

The meeting takes place at Nyoni’s Kraal Restaurant, 98 Long Street, Cape Town. To book, phone the FEDHASA's Cape Town office at 021 552 9870 or e-mail

Monday, October 22, 2007

A man estimated to be in his thirties has been murdered

By Anele Siwa
22 October 2007

On Monday a man estimated to be in his thirties has been fatally wounded in front of a house at Vredehoek, Cape Town.

“The 82-year old owner of the house heard a noise at the front door and went to investigate,” says Captain Eliot Sinyangana.
The homeowner then telephoned a relative living nearby, requesting urgent help.
“His 77-year old brother arrived moments later and he was also attacked by the baton wielding man,” says Sinyangana.
Sinyangana adds that the 77 year old then fired one short with his licensed firearm at the advancing man.

The suspect sustained a bullet wound to his chest and passed away on the scene.
Sinyangana says the two elderly brothers sustained minor injuries, but are still in shock as a result of the vicious attack.

A case docket of Burglary and Assault were opened and under investigation by Cape Town Central Police.Anyone who has information can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Police arrest three men for alleged murder in Kraaifontein

By ilhaam Hoosain
22 October 2007

On Saturday evening, a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Kraaifontein, Cape Town after he allegedly argued with three men.

“Thabiso Tiso from Table View was allegedly in an agument and chased by three male suspects behind business premises in first avenue, Klein Begin in Kraaifontein,” says Police spokesperson Billy Jones.

The suspects stabbed him and then fled the scene on foot. Tiso was stabbed in his chest and back and passed away immediatley.

“We have opened a murder case docket for investigation. The three suspects were arrested in the Wallecdene area by detectives who followed up on information that they obtained the previous evening during the prelimanary investigation of the scene.

“They are appearing today on a murder charge in Blue Down’s Magistrate Court,”says Jones.

Nursing union meets over problems in the industry

By Tina George
22 October 2007

The National Executive Committee of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa met over the weekend to discuss crucial issues in the nursing and health sector. A key issue discussed was the recruitment of nurses from India by the private sector.

“The recruitment of nurses from India should not be a long term solution and South African nurses working abroad are being exploited. Denosa does not want the same situation with the nurses from India being exploited as well and demands the department to be weary of that,” says DENOSA’s Asanda Fongqo.

The delay in the SA nursing council in registering qualified nurses was also highlighted as it impacted harmfully on staff nurses shortages.

“We emphasise that the shortage of nurses impacts directly to the efficient service delivery in the health sector,” says Fongqo.

He added that the one critical aspect they feel very strongly about is the unsafe working environment that nurses find themselves in. The union calls on employers to make sure that the working environment is safe.

De Lille calls for public holiday on Monday after winning Rugby World Cup at the weekend

By staff reporter
22 October 2007

Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has given all her staff the day off so that they can enjoy the victory of winning the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

"As a country we face many challenges and (we) take strength from the fact that the vision of a unified nation is attainable," says de Lille.

She added that she hopes employers will at least give staff some time off or declare today a holiday.

"As a nation we will have time to reflect that when we stand united, that we can win," says de Lille.

Arrests made in Dube murder case

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 October 2007

A task team of 15 policemen arrested five people in connection with the murder of reggae singer Lucky Dube. Commissioner Richard Mdluli said on Sunday that he is convinced they have the right guys.

The arrests came just days after the music icon was shot dead outside his brother's house, in front of his two children in Rosettenville, Johannesburg during a failed hijacking. The team is led by Director Charles Johnson.

"This means a lot, both for the police and the country. Since the murder we have had sleepless nights," said Mdluli.

National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi and Gauteng Commissioner Perumal Naidoo had congratulated the task team. Detectives have five suspects aged between 31 and 35 behind bars.

They say that more arrests and links to other crimes cannot be excluded.

Related story: Lucky Dube murdered in botched hijacking

Rugby fan struck by car

By Marthe van der Wolf
22 October 2007

A 32-year old rugby fan died on Saturday night after he was run over by a car during street celebrations on Voortrekker Road after the Springboks won the World Cup.

Police are requesting the public's assistance after the driver failed to stop his vehicle after the accident. The request relates to an alleged hit and run incident occurred on Voortrekker Road near the corner of Beaufort Street at about half past ten.

"It was the time when people took the streets to celebrate the rugby victory," says police spokesperson Billy Jones.

A 32-year old man, Pieter Herbert, was run over by cream coloured Nissan Sentra. He died on the scene. No other details are known at this stage.

Anyone with information can contact the police at 08600 10111.

28 Chinese universities on show at UWC

By Celeste Ganga
22 October 2007

The University of the Western Cape plays host to 28 universities from China, who will be exhibiting their academic offerings and developing trends in Chinese higher education at an exhibition in the UWC Main Hall on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October. The event is supported by the South African government, the Chinese Embassy and Consulate-General, and the Chinese Scholarship Council.

The 28 universities taking part in the exhibition at UWC, were selected by the Chinese Scholarship Council from an enormous number of institutions that admit international students.

Included in this enormous number are comprehensive universities, universities of science and technology as well as medical universities. All staff at these various institutions are highly –qualified in research and teaching personnel. They have a rich experience of teaching international students as well.

Schools and other learning institutions are invited to visit the exhibition, and in this way they can consult with the many high-level representatives of the Chinese universities.

For more information on the exhibition contact Yolande Ketse at the UWC International Relations Office on 021 959 2487, fax 021 959 2655 or email at

SAMWU to investigate explosion at Plumstead substation

By Ilhaam Hoosain
22 October 2007

One municipal worker died and four others were severely burnt when a large explosion took place at an electricity substation in Plumstead on Sunday .

The blast left at least 1 000 homes in the area without electricity for nearly nine hours on Sunday.

The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) has expressed its shocked.

“The reason why we are raising this matter to the public is the very same reason that many municipalities in the country consistently avoid complying with the safety regulations in various workplaces,” says Mthandeki Nhlapo General Spokesperson of Samwu.

The union has sent their own team to investigate the cause of the explosion.

“This specific incident in Cape Town is of very serious concern to us following number of research conducted in the past. Thousands of workers are exposed daily to hazardous conditions,” says Nhlapo.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rugby World Cup victory for South Africa

By Celeste Ganga
21 October 2007

On Saturday night South Africa’s hard work paid off when they won England 15-6, to become the winners of the Rugby World Cup, a victory that didn’t come easy.

The 15-6 win over England will be an historic moment for South Africans as being one of the toughest Test match victories ever, as England came close with a missed try by Mark Cueto and two missed drop goals by Jonny Wilkinson.

The top players on the night for South Africa were Percy Montgomery and Francois Steyn.
Steyn scored a great penalty from well within his half to send the whole country into excitement. But it was Montgomery who sealed victory for the Springboks with four faultless penalty kicks.
Wilkinson managed two penalties for the English side, but never looked like a threat to the Boks.

Excitement was felt throughout the country. South Africans celebrated into the early hours of the morning.

Numsa braced for “blood-spattered battle” over massive artisan training project

By Celeste Ganga
21 October 2007

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) has warned of a bloody fight as it pressed ahead with the launch of an accelerated artisan training programme.

“Numsa in conjunction with Manufacturing Engineering and Related Service Seta (Merseta) and several other metal and engineering companies have unveiled a massive artisan training programme to address the nationwide critical skills shortage in the steel engineering and motor industry,” says Numsa national spokesperson, Mziwakhe Hlangani.

More than 22 major companies, including Mittal Steel, Highveld Steel, Columbus, Dorbyl and Toyota Forklift have agreed to participate in the R70 million pilot project for accelerated artisan skills development.

“The battle against employers who consistently frustrate local artisan training programmes begin in earnest as the country needs more than 60 000 artisans in preparation for the 2010 world soccer games, “says Hlangani..

Hlangani goes on to say that they have won the battle against employers strongly opposed to the recognition of prior learning, particularly in the metal sector, the focus will be on conducting a series of training and bargaining workshops to improve grading structures of metalworkers to align their grades to the required National Qualification Framework (NQF) levels.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

State to keep Mr Big’s home

By Celeste Ganga
20 October 2007

The Cape High Court denied the application by suspected drug boss Quinton Marinus, also known as Mr Big, to have his house released so that he can pay his legal expenses. The trial is due to start in April 2008.

Marinus and his wife Davidene have asked the court to allow their Plattekloof house to be released by the Asset Forfeiting Unit, so that it can be sold and the proceeds be used for their living and trial expenses.

The house was seized in September 2005, along with all their other assets. The house is linked to their criminal case, where it has been alleged by the state, that they form part of a crime syndicate. The charges they are facing include that of money laundering.

In his judgement on Thursday, High court Judge Brendan Manca, dismissed the application saying that the two had not fully revealed their living expenses and all their assets.

COSATU tries to break the racial barriers with holiday houses

By Marthe van der Wolf
20 October 2007

This weekend, the Congres of South African Trade Unions will hold a conference about a concept of housing holiday houses in these outlying areas to temporarily accommodate people from the informal sector in section of their holiday houses.

“The holiday houses can be rented out in the form of tourist business and the residing family could have a person having some form of employment when the venue is rented out,” says COSATU spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich.

COSATU sees this as form of social tourism that provides a benefit for poor communities.

Spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich says he has taken a family into his small holiday house as a manner in which to provide them with access to decent housing and basic facilities.

“It is unfair when 1 person has 2 homes and lives in luxury while the other has nothing,” says Ehrenreich.

COSATU hopes to start a trend with the MEC.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Reggae star Lucky Dube murdered

By Ilhaam Hoosain
19 October 2007

South African reggae artist Lucky Dube was murdered in Johannesburg last night during an attempted hijacking.

According to police, the 43-year-old award-winning artist was gunned down by three men. His teenaged son and daughter witnessed the shooting. Dube's music career spanned more than 25 years.

Gallo spokesperson Arnold Mabunda says Dube was arguably South Africa's most successful musician of his time. His hit songs include ‘Listen’ and ‘The way it is’.

Dube died on the scene in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg. No arrests have been made.


Police murder-accused appears in court

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007

A 22-year-old man from Khayelitsha made a brief appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of the murder and armed robbery of Inspector Phillip Swanepoel.

The incident occurred in Mandalay when Swanepoel, who was off duty, was shot outside his house.

“Lubaba Hlengisa was taken in for questioning on Tuesday evening from his home in Khayelitsha and was formally charged on Wednesday after detectives followed-up on leads obtained through their investigation.

Detectives also recovered the service firearm and cellphone of the deceased and the court case was postponed until next Thursday for further investigation,” says police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Billy Jones.

Jones adds that the search for the two other suspects is still on.

Community Information Network

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007


# Elsies River High School Alma Mater Education and Development Fund which raises funds for needy learners of the school is hosting a grand dance on the 26th of October at the Astra School in Montana at 7h30 PM until 1 AM. Tickets are R50 per person.
For more information call David Rogers on 084 793 7933 or 021 931 3252.

#The Disabled Children’s Action Group will host a stage show called Daais Mos Reality to raise funds for children with disabilities on Friday November the 9th at 8 PM. The show will take place at the Westridge civic centre. Tickets cost R60.
For details call Sandra Ambrose on 021 797 5977.

# Award winning community project, the St. Joseph’s Adult Education Programme is looking for literacy facilitators for 2008. The programme offers literacy in the three dominant languages in the Western Cape. Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 AM until 1 PM.
All interested should fax their CV’s to 021 686 9295.

# Ajax Cape Town will be hosting youth trials on the 3rd of November for the under 13 trials, on the 10th for under 15s and the 17th for under 17s. The trials will be held at IKAMVA on the corners of Frans Conradie and Bertie roads in Parow. Registration starts at 9h30 AM. All prospective trialists must take one of the following documents with: either their ID document. Original clinic card or original birth certificate.

For more information contact Douglas Williams on 021 930 6001 between 9 AM and 4 PM.

# Self Help Manenberg is calling on Manenberg youth between 18 and 30 years of age who would like the opportunity of employment to make contact with them. Visit Self Help at its new premises at the Silvertree youth centre Manenberg or call Patricia Adams on 021 691 9109 for more information.

If you have any information for the CIN team regarding events happening in your community, please feel free to contact us on 021 4485450 or fax us on 021 448 5451. Alternatively you can email us on

First Western Cape Conference for the Disabled

By Marthe van der Wolf
19 October 2007

The first Western Cape Conference for the disabled will be held today at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The department of Transport and Public Works is hosting the conference.

“The department feels that the current public transport system is inaccessible for some groups of the society, like the disabled. That places a great burden on their integration into communities and hinders their participation in the economy,” says spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.

Currently, the province doesn’t provide a public transport system to address the socio-economic challenges of disabled people.

At the conference, minister Fransman will propose his policy. This policy can be influenced by the decisions taken at the conference.

The Democratic Alliance responds to Public Protector

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that the Public Prosecutor’s response to statements released by the media where he was questioned for his decision to end the investigation into the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba and to rather allow the portfolio committee to investigate as worrying.

“The Public Protector sets out in some detail why he feels the portfolio committee on Home Affairs is better suited for this investigation, yet for all his detailed reasoning he overlooks one simple and clear fact that the office of Public Protector is purportedly an independent institution,” says DA spokesperson Gareth van Onselen.

He says the Public Protector should handle the matter as most of the committee members belong to the African National Congress (ANC).

“The Public Protector is quite clearly more than happy to leave this matter up to the ANC to decide. The DA believes this decision is both short sighted, unfortunate and once again it appears that the Public Protector is doing his bit to help the ANC,” says van Onselen.

Burglary at Bellville drivers licence testing centre

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007

A burglary took place Thursday night at the Bellville drivers licence testing centre which resulted in much disruption at the venue the next day.

The City of Cape Town says it is deeply disappointed in the action which has caused the inconvenience.

“They have disrupted the whole supply and therefore our systems are down at the moment.

We have resorted to only undertaking the booked driving licence appointment but we have suspended our learners licence for the day which will be accommodated tomorrow morning depending on whether the systems are back on,” says spokesperson for traffic services Searle Johannes.

Johannes added that everything will be back to normal on Monday.

COSATU tries to break racial barriers with holiday houses

By Marthe van der Wolf
20 October 2007

This weekend, the Congress of South African Trade Unions will hold a conference about a concept of housing holiday houses in the outlying areas to temporarily accommodate people from the informal sector in sections of their holiday houses.

"The holiday houses can be rented out in the form of tourist business and the residing family could have a person having some form of employment when the venue is rented out," says COSATU spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich. COSATU sees this as form of social tourism that provides a benefit for poor communities.

Ehrenreich says he has taken a family into his small holiday house as a manner in which to provide them with access to decent housing and basic facilities.

"It is unfair when one person has two homes and lives in luxury while the other has nothing," says Ehrenreich.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Joe Slovo taxi owner shot dead

By Rhodé Marshall
18 October 2007

Thursday morning, police were alerted to the Joe Slovo taxi rank in Milnerton where they found a taxi owner with three bullet wounds to his back.

According to information obtained by the police a man between the age of 18 and 19 years fired three gun shots to the back of the 45-year-old man.

“The deceased was confirmed dead by ER24 and Ambulance services and he is a taxi owner, affiliated to Ysterplat Taxi Association.

At this stage we cannot confirm if the shooting incident is taxi related or not but all possibilities will be considered during our investigation,” says police spokesperson Captain Elliot Siyangana.

Police say the suspect is still at large and they are investigating a case of murder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Today marks World Water Monitoring Day

By Celeste Ganga
18 October 2007

With just three out of thirty Municipalities in the Western Cape Region, struggling to meet set Standards and Legislation of Drinking Water Quality, the Department is still intensifying awareness around the quality of drinking water supplied to Municipalities, Water Services Authorities and consumers or the broader public.

“The National Standards for the quality of Drinking Water (2001) requires Municipalities to implement drinking water quality programmes to ensure that the water they supply to consumers is both safe and not a health risk,” says Water Affairs and Forestry Drinking Water Specialist in the Western Cape Region, Natasha Davis.

In a National Conference that was recently held on drinking water quality, three major challenges to the provision of clean and safe water were identified as: the need to train Water Treatment Works Operators in order to bridge the skills gap, to establish more sampling programmes to equip Water Services Authorities and to obtain political-buy in to unlock funds necessary to upgrade water works in most municipalities.

“The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has been engaging all 30 Municipalities in the Western Cape region, to get hold of the whole water network, (water treatment sources, rivers, dams, aquifers, and all possible water sources) used by Municipalities,” says Davis.

Davis goes on to say that if all water points can be registered, we will be able to monitor all the water in the region. For now Government is holding hands with Municipalities, engaging them in one-on-ones, workshops, and conferences.

“Departmental and Partnering Specialists have also identified a need to train learners around drinking water matters, and thus enhancing existing schools initiatives,” says Davis.

The public is encouraged to obtain as much information as possible on this matter by dialling 0800 200 200.

30-year-old woman arrested for child neglect

By Rhodé Marshall and Marthe van der Wolf
18 October 2007

Police in Kraaifontein arrested the 30-year-old mother of a 2-year-old little girl yesterday for child negligence.

Police responded after receiving a call from a resident in the area who reported that a child was crying behind the electric box at the North Pine area on Tuesday afternoon.

"We then started searching for the parents of the child and only Wednesday morning she arrived at the police station.

After consulting with the senior prosecutor of Kuilsriver Magistrate’s court, a decision was taken to arrest her," says Police spokesperson Captain Elliot Siyangana.

Siyangana says the little girl was taken to a doctor for a medical check up and she was then taken to a foster parent by a social worker.

"She has been charged with child neglect and is due to appear in court today," says Siyangana.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

National Council conveys condolences to slain soldiers families

By Rhode Marshall
17 October 2007

The National Council of Provinces Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Affairs has called on the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to do a thorough investigation into the accidental deaths of soldiers at the Army Combat Training Centre in Lohatlha in the Northern Cape last Friday.

The committee says it believes that the outcome of the investigation will allow the government to implement ways in which accidents like the Lohatlha one to be prevented.

Chairperson of the committee, Kgosi Mokoena said in a statement that that he and his council wished to extend their "sincere and heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved families and wishes all the injured a speedy recovery."

Nine of the soldiers participating in the training session died and 15 sustained severe wounds and are currently in Bloemfontein hospitals.

Women robbed of R20 000 outside home

By Ilhaam Hoosain
17 October 2007

An investigation of armed robbery is being conducted by police after residents were robbed in front of their home in Parklands Tableview late yesterday afternoon.

Two women aged 39 and 40 year olds and a 17 year old boy were stopped in front of their house after leaving a bank at Bayside Mall.

“They were approached by two armed men, who (were driving) a white Toyota Corolla. One approached the passenger’s side and the other the drivers side,” says the police's Captain Elliot Sinyangana.

Sinyangana adds that the suspect on the passenger's side instructed the passenger to hand over her wallet and while she was still in shock, he assaulted her with a firearm. In the midst of this a gun shot was fired injuring the driver in the leg.

“In the wallet there was cash to the value of R20 000. (The robbers) fled the scene in a white Toyota Corolla which was recovered around the corner from where the incident occured.

”We are investigating an armed robbery and also an attempted murder case,” says Sinyangana.

Any one with information who can assist with information to call Detective Inspector Kenneth Lombard of Table View SAPS at (021) 521 3308 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Train station made accessible to disabled

By Celeste Ganga
17 October 2007

The Department of Transport and Public Works invested more than R8 million to make Mandalay train station accessible to people with disabilities.

“Lifts were installed at the station that would pick up people on wheelchairs from the bottom to the ticket sellers at the top deck of the station and then down to the platform to board the train, but these lifts have never been operational,” says spokesperson for the minister, Eric Ntabazalila.

Ntabazalila adds that security personnel at the Mandalay train station informed department officials that they are presently assisting people on wheel chairs, but this is sometimes frustrating as some commuters turn back as they don’t have someone to assist them to board the train.

Lentegeur train station is also being renovated so that it too can be accessible to people with disabilities.

“Minister Fransman, Stephen Ngobeni (Regional head of Metrorail), Chairperson of Disabled People of South Africa and a senior departmental official responsible for Public Transport will visit Mandalay and Lentegeur Stations on Wednesday to look at corrective measures for Mandalay Train Station and ensure that Metrorail abide by its obligations,” says Ntabazalila.

He goes on to say that the delegation will also visit Lentegeur train station to look at progress made, and what are likely to be future challenges.

“Minister Fransman is frustrated by the present status and the R8 million investment that is not making any impact (on) the lives of the disabled,” says Ntabazalila.

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